Peter King and the Homeland Security House of Cards
Tonight, our effort to compile a list of 2008 reasons to elect a progressive President in 2008 is at 1.5 percent. That leaves us a long way to go, even with a year and two months to go until the project’s end.
The latest reason to elect a progressive President in 2008 also has to deal with the substance of the 2006, as it exposes the emptiness of the right wing’s promises about security. Right wing politicians run for office on the promise that they’ll bring security, at the sacrifice of peace, and the loss of some of our freedoms. Well, if we Americans are going to give up peace and freedom, the least the Republicans could do would be to establish some genuine security. But no, that’s not how it works in the the right wing world. Under right wing government, we get reductions in freedom and destruction of peace with none of the real security that they promise.
Consider Republican Congressman Peter King, from New York State. When asked about efforts to require nuclear power plants and chemicals plants to secure their facilities against potential attacks, Congressman King replied that, so long as he is chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security, “you can forget about” congressional action to establish such requirements. Tough talk and war mongering doesn’t bring security. Intelligent planning does. That’s why we need to elect a progressive President in 2008.
For a good chunk of information on the regrettable pledges of powerful Republicans in Congress like Peter King, Ted Stevens, Richard Pombo, and James Inhofe, check out the Ways and Means editorial in the Sierra Magazine November/December edition, currently on news stands.
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